Biosecurity in schools

Schools have many students entering and leaving the site daily and this increases the risk of plant and animal pests and diseases being spread. It is recommended that schools complete a biosecurity plan for their school. Completing a school biosecurity plan will provide a valuable opportunity to educate students about the importance of biosecurity in Australia and help protect your school from the entry and spread of pests and diseases. The NSW Department of Education has developed two biosecurity plan templates for schools to use.

Template A (DOCX 65.87KB) is intended for use by schools that have minimal plant and animal production and do not require a Property Identification Code (PIC). A PIC is required if you have any of the following on the school property: cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, bison, buffalo, deer, camelids, equines or over 99 small poultry or 9 large poultry (Emus or Ostriches).

Template B (DOCX 71.61KB) is intended for use by schools that are teaching agriculture and require a PIC. A biosecurity plan is required to maintain Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) accreditation.

Schools wishing to maintain a Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) of 7 or 8 must have their biosecurity plan signed by a veterinarian.

A parent letter (DOCX 43.75KB) is also included for those schools wishing to involve the whole school community in their biosecurity plan.

These templates have been developed in consultation with the Department of Primary Industries and agriculture teachers using resources from the farm biosecurity website, the LPA On-Farm Biosecurity Plan template (PDF167KB), and Department of Primary Industries.